My DMs are open if you have questions about the submission process, but please don't pitch there. If you think I might like it, just send it over. I read everything I'm sent and aim to get back within 10 weeks.
Almost all my clients are up on our website (with the exception of deals that haven't been announced yet!) so you can take a look and see where my tastes lie. And if you've written something that might be a good fit, my submission guidelines are there too!
All of the above could come in any age range or genre, from 5+ up to cross-over YA. I'm not really looking to expand my PB list at the moment, but I would potentially take on something very funny with a strong series character.
Although my tastes are eclectic, certain things show up in lots of the books I work on:
Angry girls and sensitive boys
Mysteries, murders and conspiracies
Fantasy with an agenda
Opposites attract friendships
Finding your true self
Quick shoutout too to Unraveller by Frances Hardinge, which I loved with all my heart, but is a terrible example of the books I'd take on. Just shows that your work tastes and your heart tastes can be slightly different.
Some books I read and loved (and wish I represented) last year:
Lore by Alexandra Bracken
Jamie by L D Lapinski
Onyeka by Tola Okogwu
Kitty Quest by Phil Corbett
Loki by Louie Stowell
Heartstopper by Alice Osman
The Inheritance Game by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
I'll always prioritise authors from backgrounds that are underrepresented in publishing - and you don't need to be writing an 'issues' book for me to want to centre your characters and your story. Every kid deserves to see themselves in every type of book.
I love properly commercial books, and when I read submissions I try to picture the kid reader rather than the adult editor. I've got lots of time for slapstick and silliness - particularly if there's a sly cleverness underneath.
I’m open to ANY book written for a child reader, fiction or non-fiction, any age group - and my tastes will always lean towards the loud, the commercial, and the zeitgeisty. If you’re saying something new, I want to help you say it louder!
As always, across everywhere in my list I’m particularly prioritising and actively looking for creators who identify as underrepresented in publishing. My list is extremely commercial and I want to prove that these voices aren’t niche - they’re commercial too.
I’m really not taking on many picture books at the moment, but if I were to go for something, I’d want it to have a clear hook and also answer a need - a lovely story just isn’t enough for me right now.
For younger readers, I want clever, funny and an immediate hook. I’m particularly interested in author/illustrators and graphic novel creators for this area, but I’d love to see them in other spaces too!
Lydia Silver @LydiaRSilverToday’s back to school vibes means it feels like a good time to update my #MSWL! Here’s what I’m looking for in my submissions at the moment:
In YA, I’d love a high-concept romance - think They Both Die at the End or a YA One Day.
Lydia Silver @LydiaRSilverI can’t believe I’m saying this during Frankfurt (!!) but I’m pretty much up to date with my submissions and I’d LOVE to find something new! If you’re working on a great kids project and are ready to submit it then do think of me.
Lydia Silver @LydiaRSilverI’m still angry about this. There are only nine illustrations in this book and one of them is of these goblins. There must have been so many eyes on this image and it’s shocking no one scrutinised it. twitter.com/langtonbecca/s…
I want to counteract this - I would LOVE to find a great contemporary Jewish story for MG or YA. Anything that isn't historical! I want Jewish rom-com or a Jewish fantasy and just Jewish joy in whatever forms #MSWL
Above all, I’m prioritising books from writers who identify as under-represented in publishing, whether that’s because of their race, ethnicity, sexuality, disability, socio-economic background or any other reason. Publishing needs these stories! #MSWL